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Publication date: 1 December 1994

John L. Deffenbaugh

Based on the premiss that the extent of change taking place in healthcare presents a continuous stream of new ideas, concepts and managementtools of which managers and…

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Based on the premiss that the extent of change taking place in health care presents a continuous stream of new ideas, concepts and management tools of which managers and staff must be aware and which they must possibly adopt. Draws an analogy with the difficulty of ordering wine, in that the wine waiter, who is the expert, could make it easier for customers to identify and choose their requirements. Offers a number of tips, including the development of staff and the retention of expertise in‐house, to help make effective use of the experts who can beneficially assist NHS managers.

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Health Manpower Management, vol. 20 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-2065

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Publication date: 1 August 1994

John L. Deffenbaugh

NHS managers must think of health care in a much wider sense thanequating it solely with the National Health Service. Health care shouldrather be viewed as a continuum of…

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NHS managers must think of health care in a much wider sense than equating it solely with the National Health Service. Health care should rather be viewed as a continuum of businesses and services, including research and development, manufacturing, distribution and actual service delivery. Presents these and places them along a health‐care continuum, which represents a systematic way by which the health care industry can be analysed through its discrete, yet integrated, segments. Manpower, along with finance and estate, are the key resource areas. Manpower resources must be managed effectively in order to maximize value for money, and ultimately ensure health gain for the patient.

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Publication date: 1 February 1997

John L. Deffenbaugh

Addresses the severe criticism by the Health Service Commissioner of NHS trusts for their handling of patient complaints, particularly the attitude of managers and the new…

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Addresses the severe criticism by the Health Service Commissioner of NHS trusts for their handling of patient complaints, particularly the attitude of managers and the new NHS trust culture, which emphasized that patients should be considered as more than just customers. Argues that the word “customer” should not be thrown out because managers are uncomfortable with it; takes the view that, while they may have tried to adopt the term, they have failed to appreciate its meaning. Makes a comparison between customer and consumer and presents a case for regarding patients as customers. Concludes that lessons can be learned from private business in developing the provider‐customer relationship and that attitude and behaviour changes can be brought about by a long‐term cultural change programme.

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International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, vol. 10 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0952-6862

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Publication date: 1 April 1992

Gloriana St. Clair and Rose Mary Magrill

Anyone who has tried to review studies relating to use of academic libraries may argue that a great deal of research exists on college students and how they use their…

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Anyone who has tried to review studies relating to use of academic libraries may argue that a great deal of research exists on college students and how they use their libraries. Studies of reading habits and library use among college students have been appearing for more than fifty years, and the diligent student can compile an impressive bibliography of these studies. In spite of all we have learned about student interaction with library resources, there is still much we do not know.

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Collection Building, vol. 11 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Publication date: 1 April 1996

John Deffenbaugh

The establishment of NHS trust boards on a business format was a recent innovation resulting from the NHS reforms. In order to realize benefits for patients, it is…

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The establishment of NHS trust boards on a business format was a recent innovation resulting from the NHS reforms. In order to realize benefits for patients, it is essential that boards operate effectively. Explores within the framework of corporate governance, the practical implications of board member roles. Drawing on experience of strategy formulation at board level, analyses and clarifies the roles, and presents recommendations to increase board effectiveness.

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Journal of Management in Medicine, vol. 10 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0268-9235

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Publication date: 1 April 1916

The critical budgetting month of March is over, and we are at liberty to glance at the general position of libraries in regard to finance. As we anticipated, certain…

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The critical budgetting month of March is over, and we are at liberty to glance at the general position of libraries in regard to finance. As we anticipated, certain retrenchments have been effected in the form of reduced contributions from municipal rates, but while these have been regrettable they have in no case been so drastic as utterly to cripple the libraries involved. The unfortunate circumstance in the matter is the haphazard way in which reductions are made. An example worth quoting of this kind occurred at Ealing, where a councillor moved successfully that the appropriation for libraries be reduced to £1,500, without specifying in what directions economies were to be effected, or troubling himself about the working of a system of libraries upon this manifestly inadequate sum; but, after all, to tilt at haphazard methods is to tilt at British character. Naturally, the old exploded arguments against public libraries were advanced in various discussions, as at Croydon, where a councillor stated that the librarian's hours were spent “in handing novels to servant girls, who had nothing better to do,” a statement which he must have known to be untrue; but such arguments have met with small success, and on the whole the libraries have been supported.

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New Library World, vol. 18 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 5 April 2011

Audhesh K. Paswan, Charles Blankson and Francisco Guzman

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between marketing strategy types – aggressive marketing, price leadership and product specialization strategies …

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between marketing strategy types – aggressive marketing, price leadership and product specialization strategies – and the extent of relationalism in marketing channels.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected using a self‐administered survey from managers responsible for marketing and channels management in US pharmaceutical firms. The responses to the questions capturing focal constructs were measured using a five‐point Likert type scale. Data were analyzed using Principal Component Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling procedures.

Findings

Aggressive marketing strategy and price leadership strategy are positively associated with the level of relationalism in marketing channels. In contrast, product specialization (focus) strategy is negatively associated with the level of relationalism in marketing channels.

Originality/value

The relationship between marketing strategy and the emergent relationalism among marketing channel intermediaries is critical for the firm's ability to meet objectives. This relationship has not been investigated so far and, from a managerial perspective, managing marketing channels is critical for successful implementation of marketing strategies.

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European Journal of Marketing, vol. 45 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0566

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Publication date: 14 March 2016

David D. Van Fleet and Tim O Peterson

The purpose of this paper is to present the results of exploratory research designed to develop an awareness of healthcare behaviors, with a view toward improving the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the results of exploratory research designed to develop an awareness of healthcare behaviors, with a view toward improving the customer satisfaction with healthcare services. It examines the relationship between healthcare providers and their consumers/patients/clients.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses a critical incident methodology, with both effective and ineffective behavioral specimens examined across different provider groups.

Findings

The effects of these different behaviors on what Berry (1999) identified as the common core values of service organizations are examined, as those values are required to build a lasting service relationship. Also examined are categories of healthcare practice based on the National Quality Strategy priorities.

Research limitations/implications

The most obvious is the retrospective nature of the method used. How accurate are patient or consumer memories? Are they capable of making valid judgments of healthcare experiences (Berry and Bendapudi, 2003)? While an obvious limitation, such recollections are clearly important as they may be paramount in following the healthcare practitioners’ instructions, loyalty for repeat business, making recommendations to others and the like. Further, studies have shown retrospective reports to be accurate and useful (Miller et al., 1997).

Practical implications

With this information, healthcare educators should be in a better position to improve the training offered in their programs and practitioners to better serve their customers.

Social implications

The findings would indicate that the human values of excellence, innovation, joy, respect and integrity play a significant role in building a strong service relationship between consumer and healthcare provider.

Originality/value

Berry (1999) has argued that the overriding importance in building a lasting service business is human values. This exploratory study has shown how critical incident analysis can be used to determine both effective and ineffective practices of different medical providers. It also provides guidelines as to what are effective and ineffective behaviors in healthcare.

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International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, vol. 29 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0952-6862

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Publication date: 14 October 2009

Kate Rousmaniere

This article, one of the keynote addresses at the joint ANZHES conference in December 2008, explores a concept that I call the Great Divide, by which I mean the cultural…

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This article, one of the keynote addresses at the joint ANZHES conference in December 2008, explores a concept that I call the Great Divide, by which I mean the cultural division between principals and teachers, and between principals and students. Drawing on visual imagery, historical reports, and cultural studies of American schools, I argue that the Great Divide is a historical construction of both administrative practices and representational culture that has led to misunderstandings of the complexity of the school principal’s middle managerial work in the school organisation.

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History of Education Review, vol. 38 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0819-8691

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